It’s time to follow up on our initial Points Planning for Maui post! To recap our progress so far, both Lacey and I signed up for the Chase Hyatt card and received the “2 free nights” reward. So right now, we have 4 free nights ready to use for Maui (hopefully to be used at the Hyatt Andaz resort). So while we’re still going to work on getting a couple more nights for free in Maui, we’re going to shift our focus toward earning our free flights for this trip. Here’s why…
I’ll start off by sharing a very valuable tip that I’ve learned with credit card rewards programs. …they have targeted offers. This means that the rewards program might randomly email you or snail mail you a reward offer that is more valuable than any other offer that is available to the general public. Sometimes these targeted offers will literally pop-up when you login to your online account. My advice for you is to create an online account for every reward program you may ever use. Even if you aren’t planning on signing up for the program’s card right away, you’re putting yourself in a good position to be possibly targeted for a bad ass offer down the road.
So the next time you’re browsing your favorite points travel sites/blogs, keep in mind that the offers you see on these sites MAY NOT be the best available offer. You might find a public offer of 35k bonus miles and think that’s the only option, but if you create an online account for that card, you just might be targeted for a higher bonus offer.
Why am I telling all of you this? Well, this very thing just happened to me. On January 29th, I created an online account for United Airlines “Mileage Plus Explorer” program. The current public offer for their credit card is only 30k bonus miles. Ain’t nobody got time fo dat! Just yesterday, not even a month after creating my Mileage Plus account, I received a snail mail targeted offer for 50k miles. Yay!
Right away, I had a hunch that 50k bonus miles would get us from Boise to Maui. When I double checked, I found the below flights on United’s website. Looks like if Lacey and I both sign up and receive this reward, we can get to Maui for 45k miles and $11.20 each. So if all goes well, this is how we’ll get our flights. Dropping a $20 spot, instead of the $1400+ it would cost if we were to pay in full, seems like a pretty fair swap 🙂
Right now you might be saying, “well that’s cool for you guys, but what am I gonna do? I didn’t receive the 50k targeted United offer.” My response to that is for you to hop on United’s site right when you finish reading this post and create an account. It took less than a month for me to receive the targeted offer and I’ve heard and read stories of people getting the targeted 50k mile offer right after creating an account.
Another great option right now is the American Airlines 50k bonus offer at this link. Make sure to go to aa.com first and look up flights from your airport to Maui (or wherever you want to go) and make sure 50k miles will cover your trip. I did a quick browse and saw that the 50k AA bonus would get me to Maui as easily as United. Lacey and I already received that bonus in the past (which we’re using for this trip) so we can’t sign up for it again.
So hopefully you now have a couple of solid options to get your free flights. Keep in mind that the American Airlines offer is a limited time offer. It could expire at any time. If you think this is the card for you…jump on it now. Also, the United Mileage card is sponsored by Chase Bank. Chase Bank is implementing a new rule starting in April that will prevent anyone who has signed up for 5+ credit cards in the past 24 months from being approved for any more Chase cards. This is a huge deal to all the points travelers of the world. You can read more on this topic from one of our favorite travel blogs here.
I’ll post another update in a couple months to let you know how we’re progressing with the Maui trip. Like I said earlier, we’re still shooting for another 1-2 free hotel nights for this trip so I’ll keep you posted when we figure out how we’re going to make that happen.
You all should have a good plan by now for how you’re going to do this trip, but please reach out to us if you have any questions.
Below are a couple pics from our last trip to Hawaii about 7 years ago…just a couple of crazy kids fallin’ in love 🙂